Red Mtn - East - Conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
E facing terrain on Red Mtn
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Forecaster
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 4:00pm
37° 30' 36.2772" N, 118° 43' 36.7608" W
Snowpit Observations
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Toured up east side of Red Mtn from Rock Creek Rd this afternoon (8500'-10,500').  Skies were mostly cloudy with a couple intermittent patches of blue sky, and intermittent light snow flurries (see attached pics).  Calm winds with light NE gusts at the ridgetop, and air temps close to freezing.  About an inch of new snow from today, and about 4-5" from yesterday above 9000'.  Below 9000' E and NE facing terrain was very much dust on melt-freeze crust.  Above 9000' NE to E facing slopes had a very noticeable melt-freeze crust under the 3-6" of new snow, but more directly northerly facing slopes did not have this crust, making for very pleasurable turns.  Dug a pit at 9100' on NE aspect (see attached profile), unconcerning ECT test results (CT11Q1 14cm down just below recent melt-freeze crust, ECT test failed on this layer but did not propogate beyond the shovel width).  Some unconcerning micro-wind deposits just below ridgeline (barely a cm deep) ontop of firm snow that fractured easily, barely 5ft wide pockets.  No evidence of any loose wet activity from today or yesterday even on rocky steep SE slopes.     

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